OAKLAND -- Robinson Cano's career-high hitting streak ended at 23 games on Saturday night, victim to another strong pitching performance from the A's.
He said the streak was not on his mind as he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
"Honestly, no," said Cano, who hit .400 (36-for-90) during the streak. "I just go out there and try to get a hit every at-bat. I don't put it in my mind that I've got a hitting streak or something like that. But I go out there and try to get on base."
Cano had the longest active streak in the Majors and the longest for the Yankees since Derek Jeter's 25-game run from Aug. 20-Sept.16, 2006.
Cano's last chance came in the ninth inning, with none out and the tying run on first base as the Yankees fell to Oakland, 2-1. Cano struck out swinging against left-hander Sean Doolittle, whose ball Cano said "just moved a little bit." Doolittle threw only fastballs to Cano in a five-pitch at-bat.
Jarrod Parker, a 23-year-old rookie right-hander, went eight innings for the A's and retired Cano in his first three trips. Shadows might have played a part in the low-scoring game, particularly during Cano's first two at-bats, but he said he didn't want to make excuses.
"They're throwing their pitches whenever they want," Cano said of Oakland's staff. "They're throwing a lot of strikes. Like I say, you have to give them credit."